Dr. Volker Küster
Professor of Missiology and Comparative Religion
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
Intercultural Theology regards visual arts, literature, film etc. as equivalent sources to theological texts. The course will give an introduction in how to interpret Christian art from Asia and Africa. It reconstructs historical developments and introduces contemporary local artists and their works. How does the Christian faith interact with the cultural-religious dimension of a particular context? We want to decipher the exchanges between at least two iconographic systems. Sometimes we will also come across an expressionism that calls for justice and liberation for the poor and oppressed and allows a glimpse of the socio-economic and political realities of the country.
The seminar gives an introduction to Intercultural Theology through its aesthetic dimension and explains basic terminology and theories of this thriving new field. Co-sponsored by the Mission Resource Center (Franciscan Missionaries of Mary).
9:30-11:30a What is Intercultural Theology?
2:00-4:00p The Aesthetic Dimension of Intercultural Theology I
9:30-11:30a The Aesthetic Dimension of Intercultural Theology II
2:00-4:00p Theory of Contextual and Intercultural Theology